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Eagles soccer drop two; Lady Eagles draw

Despite an early goal from senior Taylor Vanderford, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team failed to hold a lead, falling 2-1 to the University of Texas-Permian Basin Thursday.

During the ninth minute of the game, Vanderford knocked in a loose ball after a free kick from senior Cody Cook missed its mark from 40 yards out. It was Vanderford’s first goal of the season.

The Eagles outshot the Falcons 20-14 and held the lead until the 41st minute when the Falcons’ Rafael Moreira evened the score going into the second half. The Falcons then jumped ahead in the 53rd minute on another goal by Moreira.

Oklahoma Christian goalkeeper Evan Helker, who received his fourth Heartland Conference men’s soccer defensive player of the week award after his previous game made six saves for the Eagles. Helker had a total of 10 saves in last week’s games against St. Mary’s University and Texas A&M International University.

During Saturday’s game against Lubbock Christian University the Eagles lost 1-0, their fifth time losing by a single goal this season.

Oklahoma Christian was unable to break through offensively, with the Chaparrals outshooting the Eagles 16-12.

Lubbock Christian scored in the 53rd minute when Chance McCarter assisted on a goal by Cedric Omoregie.

The Eagles will return to action for a two-game homestead against Newman University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Midwestern State University Saturday at 7 p.m.

During their only game of the week, the Lady Eagle soccer team played to a 3-3 draw with Lubbock Christian on Saturday.

“We knew coming into the game that it was going to be tough,” Brazil said. “After our last game against Lubbock Christian we knew we didn’t play to our capabilities. Our team quickly decided we weren’t having fun losing. I’m so proud of the way my team played even though we ended in a tie and I look forward to accomplishing our goals one step at a time.”

After the Lubbock Christian draw, Oklahoma Christian extended their unbeaten streak to four games and earned points for the Heartland Conference standings. The Lady Eagles are in sixth place in the league standings.

After an early lead by Lubbock Christian, junior Michelle Fuentes evened the score in the 34th minute by collecting a loose ball and shooting it past the goalkeeper.

Senior Sophia Brazil scored her second career goal in the 58th minute on a shot from six yards out after a cross from freshman Dakota Milner to bring Oklahoma Christian up 2-1.

The final goal for the Lady Eagles came in the 71st minute when sophomore Rubi Villegas Aguilar put the team up 3-1.

Lubbock Christian scored twice in 62 seconds, outshooting the Lady Eagles 8-1 in the two 10-minute overtime periods and 33-12 for the entire game.

Goalkeeper Carina Schanz finished with a career-high 11 saves for Oklahoma Christian.

The Lady Eagles will travel to St. Mary’s University on Thursday at 5 p.m. and Texas A&M International University on Saturday at 12 p.m.

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